REACH OG Learning Centre is proud to be the leading provider of accredited OG training in Canada. Our OG training courses have been subject to rigorous peer review and have been recognized and accredited by both the Canadian and American OG professional academies (CATT, OG and AOGPE) and align with standards set out for the training of dyslexia specialists by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), the National Reading Panel, as well as requirements by provincial Ministries of Education (OGCE). 

The OG training curricula delivered through REACH OG Learning Centres has been developed by our Executive Director, Corey Zylstra, M.Ed. Corey is recognized and accredited as an Orton-Gillingham Master Trainer for the Canadian Orton-Gillingham Academy (MT/CATT, OG), an Honorary Fellow of the American OG Academy (HF/AOGPE) and as a Certified Dyslexia Therapist through the International Dyslexia Association - Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CDT/IDA-CERI).

We offer training for hundreds of teachers each year in multiple locations in Canada and in several countries around the world. We work with schools, districts and universities to ensure quality, professional, accredited OG training.

To become an Orton-Gillingham Practitioner, enabling support for students in a 1:1 setting: OGP applicants must complete: Foundations of MSLE and OG Practitioner coursework, followed by OG Practitioner Practicum. After successful completion of the practicum, the trainee would be eligible to apply to the Canadian OG Academy (CATT, OG) for certification as an OG Practitioner-Interim and begin working in the field. Note, trainees must complete all basic training listed above in order to qualify as an OG Practitioner.

To become trained as an Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator, providing support in classrooms and learning assistance centres in schools: OGCE applicants must complete Foundations of MSLE followed by OG Classroom Educator courses and hold a teaching degree. Successful OGCEs would then be eligible to apply for OGCE credentials.

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Foundations of OG/MSLE

Foundations of Multisensory Structured Language Education (MSL) is an introductory course to Orton-Gillingham / Structured Literacy education and training. This 30 hour training course has been designed to prepare educators for either clinical training in the Orton-Gillingham approach (OGP) or Orton-Gillingham training for classroom teachers (OGCE). Approved by the Canadian Academy of Therapeutic Tutors, Orton-Gillingham as approved foundational training, the course also serves as an important link to current research for Orton-Gillingham Practitioners currently in practice. This is an accredited course that includes assignments for course completion. Note: beginning in the Fall of 2019, this course is available as either a fully face-to-face course or as a hybrid course with some content delivered through webinars prior to two days of onsite training. *Completion of this training meets eligibility requirements for Supporter level membership with CATT, OG.

Course content: Dyslexia, Introduction to the Structured Literacy and the Orton-Gillingham Approach, Stages of Reading Development, Current Research in Effective Practices for Teaching Literacy, Response to Intervention (RTI) in the classroom, Phonological and Phonemic Awareness and Dispelling Common Confusions, Phonology (sounds and sound-symbol relationships), Orthographic Code, Decoding (from sound-symbol to blending sounds to text reading), Assessment of Reading Fluency.

This course is suitable for educators and parents who wish to learn more about the Orton-Gillingham / MSL approach to supporting learners who struggle with language. Open to classroom teachers, learning assistant teachers, SLPs, school administration, psychologists, audiologists, educational assistants and others supporting students learning to read and spell. The most common feedback from course attendees is that all educators need the content of this course and that they wish they had taken it years before.


Course fee: $595. + GST.  Materials are included.


Course Location Dates Availability
OG1 Foundations Reach - Richmond Oct. 25, 26 & Nov. 1, 2, 2019 (Fridays 4pm-9pm, Saturdays 9am-4pm) Course Full
OG1 Foundations Reach - Richmond Jan. 10, 11 & 17, 18, 2019 (Fridays 4pm-9pm, Saturdays 9am-4pm) Register Now!
OG1 Foundations Reach - Richmond Feb. 7, 8 & 21, 22, 2020 (Fridays 4pm-9pm, Saturdays 9am-4pm) Register Now!
OG1 Foundations Reach - Richmond May 22, 23 & 29, 30, 2020 (Fridays 4pm-9pm, Saturdays 9am-4pm) Register Now!
OG1 Foundations Reach - Richmond June 12, 13 & 19,20, 2020 (Fridays 4pm-9pm, Saturdays 9am-4pm) Register Now!
OG1 Foundations Reach - North Van Date coming soon Register Soon
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OG Practitioner Training

Orton-Gillingham Practitioner training at REACH includes over 60 training hours designed to prepare educators to begin providing clinical support in a 1 on 1 environment using the Orton-Gillingham approach. This is fully accredited coursework and thus includes assignments and testing for course completion. A pre-study package will be sent prior to the coursework and includes about 20 hours of readings and materials preparations. Online support content helps trainees access study aids and materials throughout their coursework. Our training course meets the rigorous criteria set out by several national and international organizations (CATT, OG, AOGPE, IDA/CERI, etc) and we are the leading provider of accredited OG coursework in several countries.

Course Content: VAKT Teaching and Learning, O-G Procedures: Establishing a Baseline (Diagnostic Teaching), Visual Recall, Word Reading, Auditory Recall, Word Spelling and SOS Procedures, Sight Word Reading and Spelling, OG Teaching of Sound/Symbol Relationships, OG Teaching of Sight Words, Penmanship Teaching, Diagnostic and Prescriptive Teaching Using the Orton-Gillingham Approach in a 1:1 setting, the OG Clinical Lesson Plan for 1:1 Remediation, Syllabication, Orthography (spelling rules), Comparative Spellings (Ratios), Morphology, Reading (including blending) and Building Reading Fluency, Comprehension, Basic Composition Skills *Practice lessons will be assigned. Completion of OG4 (supervised practicum) is required to become a certified OG Practitioner through an accrediting body such as CATT, OG or AOGPE.

Prerequisites: BA / B.Ed or SLP certification. Equivalent post-secondary education may satisfy requirements. *Completion of Foundations of OG/MSLE. Criminal record search is also required and trainees must submit their completed criminal record clearance to their trainer by the first day of classes.


Course fee: $975 + GST (includes criminal record search). Course materials fee: $255.


Course Location Dates Availability
OG Practitioner Reach - Richmond Nov. 15/16, 22/23, 29/30, Dec. 6/7, 2019 (Fri 4pm - 9pm / Sat 9am - 4pm) Register Now!
OG Practitioner Reach - Richmond Apr. 17/18, 24/25, May 1/2, 8/9, 2020 (Fri 4pm - 9pm / Sat 9am - 4pm) Register Now!
OG Practitioner Reach - Richmond June 26/27, 29/30, July 2/3, 6/7, 2020 (Fri 4pm - 9pm / Sat 9am - 4pm) Register Now!

Additional course text books need to be purchased by trainees and brought to class. Some readings are required during the pre-study component for this course. Texts are available from Amazon or direct from the publisher:

  • Birsh, J. R. & Carreker, S. (2018). Multisensory teaching of basic language skills (4th ed.). Brookes Publishing Company. Baltimore, MD.

  • Gillingham, A., & Stillman, B.W. (1997). The Gillingham Manual: Remedial Training for Children with Specific Disability in Reading, Spelling and Penmanship (8th ed.). Cambridge, MA: Educators Publishing Service.

Note: All registrants must be prepared to scan/upload copies of the following documents during the registration process: degrees and/or post secondary diplomas and OG1 completion date and trainer info. Please have scans of these documents ready on your computer. Once your application has been reviewed and accepted, we will contact you and send you your pre-study package. Criminal Record Search clearances may be submitted to your trainer on the first day of classes. If you are not accepted into the course, your registration fee will be reimbursed less a $200 processing fee.

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Cost: $950 + GST


OG Practitioner Practicum

Completion of a supervised practicum is not only a requirement for professional accreditation in Canada or US, but is also a crucial element in the learning process for OG Practitioner Trainees. The practicum is also an opportunity to carefully practice procedures and lesson plan implementation learned in the OGP coursework. After registration in the practicum, OGP Trainees are matched with a Supervising Mentor who reports progress back to the Trainer. Trainees will submit a case study reflecting on their practicum student, and receive guidance and support in preparing for the lessons to be conducted during the practicum. With approval of their intervention plan, Trainees will digitally record and upload their unedited Orton-Gillingham lessons (total of 8 or 10 lessons) to their SM for review and feedback. Each lesson, along with the written documentation of the plans as outlined by your Trainer, are submitted to the SM. Feedback is provided and marks are allocated following a carefully outlined rubric. The practicum participation should take approximately 4 months but may take up to one year to complete. Completion of observed practicum lessons is required for trainees who seek to gain certification through an OG certifying body (Canada or US). *Course completion certification of theory AND practicum will be issued after satisfactory completion of the practicum.

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of Foundations of MSL and OG Practitioner Training and submitted Criminal Record Search clearance.

Course Location Dates Availability
Practitioner Practicum In your own location On your own time Register Now
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Cost: $850 + GST. Course materials fee: $255


OG Classroom Educator Training

Using the Orton-Gillingham approach and rationale for teaching, join our certified OG Trainers to learn how to implement the OG approach in a classroom or small group setting such a Learning Assistance / Resource centre. This course will investigate OG classroom procedures for providing structured, sequential, multisensory language and phonics instruction in a classroom setting, including procedures for RTI implementation and progress monitoring.  Provide instruction in reading and spelling that allows your students to be “Detectives” of the language and learn the code for mastering phonology, orthography, and syllabication. Strategies for penmanship/ letter formations, sight word teaching, alphabet sequencing, sound/symbol relationships, spelling rules, and syllables will be examined and practiced. Specific strategies for explicit reading and spelling instruction will be examined and practiced. This is a 60 hour course provided over 5 or 6 classroom sessions.

Prerequisite: Open to practicing teachers, speech pathologists others with education degrees AND completion of Foundations of OG/MSL. A pre-study package will be sent out approximately one month prior to OGCE and must be completed before the first day of class.

Course Location Dates Availability
Classroom Educator Reach - North Van July 8 - 12, 2019 (9am - 4pm daily) Temporarily Closed

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Tuition and materials Includes:

  1. Private Access to the Online Introductory Pre-course Study Program.

  2. A Guide to Success with Math -  the  Digital OG Math resource and course text based on the Orton-Gillingham Approach.

  3. A  personal Multisensory Math Kit available for pick up on the first day of the course.

  4. ** One Full Year of Access to the OG Math Online Course Review Program which contains downloadable course materials and demonstration videos.

  5. A personal student binder and all course handouts.

Cost: $795 + GST. Course materials included.

OG Academic Math

Based on the Orton-Gillingham Approach (OG) for reading instruction, this interactive hands-on training introduces you to a multisensory approach for achieving mastery of primary and intermediate level math concepts. The OG interactive, cognitive approach for learning math enables students to develop more effective ways of thinking about math and applying new skills.

  • requires students to consciously “think” through processes which might be quite automatic for most children.

  • is a success oriented program in which the students work at levels appropriate to their abilities. Teachers provide needed instruction and create opportunities for practice in carrying skills to functional use.

  • uses a multi-sensory technique. This means that the student will feel the motion of the hand touching, moving and building math concepts with concrete materials. At the same time the student will see, verbalize and hear how the math concept is developed and problems can be solved.

  • builds in a structural and sequential way in order to fill any gaps in the child’s knowledge of math functions, vocabulary and problem solving. Therefore, students develop adequate math skills to become independent.

  • includes an approach to the language of math which stresses the use of the intellect.

  • emphasizes teaching to individual needs.

  • teaches patterns of thought, i.e. the process needed to perform math functions and problem solving correctly, not just memorizing facts.

Course Location Dates Availability
OG Academic Math Reach - North Van Feb 28, 29 & Mar 6, 7, 2020 (Fri, 4pm - 9pm / Sat, 9am - 4pm) Register Now!
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